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Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 4

The autonomous driving news is really stacking up. Uber and Tesla have both been very active on the self-driving scene recently. There’s so much news that it’s time for a summary of four recent, major events:

 1. Uber lays off 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit

Uber laid off 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit. … Read More → "Maybe You Can’t Drive My Car (Yet) Part 4"

When Your Own Technology Poisons You

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” — Aristotle

It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Car keys are going the way of the dinosaur. But, like dinosaurs, keys evolved over generations until they were perfectly adapted for their time, and it took an unearthly cataclysm to knock them off the top … Read More → "When Your Own Technology Poisons You"

Long Live the (8 Bit) King

There are whispers that their time has come to fade away into the sunset. Time to drift away on the electronic wind with laser discs, Zune players, and VHS. But can the role of 8 bit MCUs in the electronic engineering ecosystem be dismissed so easily? Maybe not. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nikos Zervas (CEO … Read More → "Long Live the (8 Bit) King"

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Aug 17, 2018
If you read my post Who Put the Silicon in Silicon Valley? then you know my conclusion: Let's go with Shockley. He invented the transistor, came here, hired a bunch of young PhDs, and sent them out (by accident, not design) to create the companies, that created the compa...
Aug 16, 2018
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Aug 15, 2018
VITA 57.4 FMC+ Standard As an ANSI/VITA member, Samtec supports the release of the new ANSI/VITA 57.4-2018 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus Standard. VITA 57.4, also referred to as FMC+, expands upon the I/O capabilities defined in ANSI/VITA 57.1 FMC by adding two new connectors that...
Aug 14, 2018
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As discussed in part 1 of this blog post, each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store its configuration bits. The time required to pr...
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PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse"
Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive – Mouser and Texas Instruments   Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) is showing up all over the IoT these days, but what about automobiles? It turns out BLE is great for a number of automotive applications as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stephen Limoges from Texas Instruments about BLE for automotive use. Click here … Read More → "Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive – Mouser and Texas Instruments"
Crossover Processors: The Best of Both Worlds – Mouser and NXPSometimes you need the capabilities of both an applications processor AND a microcontroller. Luckily, NXP’s new “crossover” devices give you just that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mario Centeno and Gowri Chindalore from NXP about a new type of processor that brings you the best of both worlds. Click here … Read More → "Crossover Processors: The Best of Both Worlds – Mouser and NXP"
New Defense and Aerospace Products – Mouser and VicorIf you’re working on mil-standard systems and are worried about SWaP-C (and who isn’t?) you know that getting a reliable, off-the-shelf DC to DC converter and filter are critical to the success of your system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kai Johnstad of Vicor about solving mil-standard COTS power problems. … Read More → "New Defense and Aerospace Products – Mouser and Vicor"
Diodes or Multilayer Varistors? Mouser and AVXChoosing the right circuit protection is a crucial design decision. Both diodes and multilayer varistors have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for your application can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dean Beckley from AVX about choosing the best protection option for your next design. Click … Read More → "Diodes or Multilayer Varistors? Mouser and AVX"
Communication and Networks in the Modern Vehicle – Mouser and InfineonThe modern automobile is practically a data center on the highway, and one of the most critical aspects of a data center is communications and networking. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vik Patel of Infineon about the trends in automotive communication and networking, and the latest solutions from Infineon. Click … Read More → "Communication and Networks in the Modern Vehicle – Mouser and Infineon"